107 2c Green

As a result of the UPU conference in 1920 it was necessary to change the color of the 2c Value.
In June of 1922 the color was changed from Carmine to Green.

Plates 159-169 were printed using the Wet method. Plates 170-194 were printed using both the
Wet and Dry methods. Plates 195-229 were printed using the Dry method.

Plates 159-189 and 193-194 were printed from the retouched die used for the 2c Carmine.

Plates 159 and 160 that had been used for the 2c Carmine were also used for the 2c Green.
Items from these plates are relatively rare.


Upper strip from Plate 159.


Block with Lathework type C.


Lathework type C inverted from Plate 160.

Plates 161-181 had upper imprints and a band of lathework in place of the lower imprints.
The lathework was either type D or type D inverted.


Upper right plate 161.


Upper left plate 180.


Block with type D lathework.


Block with type D lathework.   Squat printing


Block with type D inverted lathework.

Plates 175-181 had a Pyramid guide arrow in the left margin and the words R Gauge in the right margin.




A Pyramid guide arrow in the right margin from an unknown plate.


A dry printed pair with type D lathework.

It would appear that the 2c Green was used as a testbed for the conversion from the 'wet' printing
to the 'dry' process. Plates in the range 170-194 are known to be printed using either or both methods.
A more complete discussion of this can be found in the 'Wet/Dry printing section'.


Plates 182,185 and 186 were printed both on normal paper and so called 'thin' paper,
which is really somewhat transparent so that the cross hatch in the weave of the paper is readily apparent.




In 1924 the die was re-engraved and the new die was used for plates 190-192 and 197-229.



Hardened Die Proof printed on India paper and die sunk on card with Die number F-211




Trial Color Proof printed directly on card.



Upper plate 190.



Upper left plate 229.

In late 1923 or early 1924 a few examples of the 2c imperforate were made available as favours.
It is not not known from which plate these examples originated.
Complaints from collectors caused the Post Office to issue further imperforate examples from plates 188 and 189.



Upper left plate 188.



Upper right plate 189.

Some time in 1924 several sheets of the 2c coil stamps were given out as favours.
These sheets were wet printed from plates 13 and 14 and were from the retouched die.
There was a band of type B lathework at the bottom.



A block with Type D Lathework



A used block with A Montreal duplex cancel




A block showing the gutter between the upper and lower panes.



As with all of the favours there was an outcry from collectors, and so
the Post Office made examples available to collectors.
However, by the time this occurred the Wet printing process had been replaced by the Dry process, and
Plates 13 and 14 had been replaced by plates 15,16 and 17.


A Die II Dry printed block.

Sometime in 1922 the 2c Grren stamps were issued in booklet form, in panes of six and in panes of four.
Tete beche booklet panes of six.


A booklet pane of four with pyramid guide lines at the left.


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